Open Air

Thursdays at 1pm

KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

(For segment/guest suggestions, email david@kalw.org.)

 

John Hefti

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe visits with actor Michael Doherty who plays the lead role in the fast-paced irreverent comedy ‘Hand to God’, on stage at Berkeley Rep through March 19.

 You’ll hear about the Exit Theatre production of Larry Larson and Levi Lee's Some Things You Need to Know Before the World Ends (A Final Evening with The Illuminati)” from actor/director Harvey T. Jordan.  More...

Todd Rosenberg

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductor Alasdair Neale and composer Mason Bates, about this coming weekend’s concerts by the Marin Symphony featuring Bates’ ‘Devils Radio’, and violinist Midori playing Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto.

Liz Olson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Cutting Ball Theater’s Artistic Director Paige Rogers, about the production of Ibsen’s masterpiece ‘Hedda Gabler’, directed by Yury Urnov, and starring Britney Frazier, who will both be joining the conversation. ‘Hedda Gabler’ opens this weekend.

Marty Sohl

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer Stephen Eddins, whose one-act chamber opera ‘Why I live at the P.O.’ is part of West Edge Opera’sSnapshot’ program on January 21st and 22nd, featuring excerpts from new operas by both emerging and established Northern California composers in intimate concert settings. West Edge’s General Director Mark Streshinsky joins us to explain.

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with actor, clown and comedian Bill Irwin, about his show ‘On Beckett’, a personal exploration of Samuel Beckett’s plays, prose and poetry, with which he returns to the American Conservatory Theater next week.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Sherri Young, Executive Director  of the African-American Shakespeare Company about the production of ‘Cinderella’ by AASC, opening on December 22nd at The Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Joining them is Samantha Rose Williams, who plays the lead role. 

Sweet Can Productions

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, who leads the live performances of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, with live actors, an animated backdrop, and Vince Guaraldi’s music, performed by the San Francisco Symphony and the Symphony Chorus, starting December 21.

Jessica Palopoli

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actors Rodney Earl Jackson and Nanci Zoppi, who feature in the musical ‘She Loves Me’, currently at SF Playhouse.

David Wilson

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with actress and singer Laura Michelle Kelly who plays the role of Anna Leonowens in the SHN production of ‘The King and I’, currently at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. 

Robbie Sweeny

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with playwright, performance poet, actor, and Public Radio host Al Letson about ‘Summer in Sanctuary’, his show about his work as a creative writing teacher at a community center in an economically challenged neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida, currently at The Marsh in San Francisco.

David Allen

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with RETNA, the graffiti artist who designed the current production of Verdi’s ‘Aida’ at San Francisco Opera.

This week on a music-filled Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Peninsula Symphony’s music director Mitchell Klein about this weekend’s concert featuring pianist Conrad Tao and a new work by composer Carolyn Bremer, who also joins us in-studio. 

Lawrence Rickford

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, a 1966 winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who plays this week with the San Francisco Symphony as part of his 70th birthday grand tour, playing Mozart’s D minor piano concerto, No. 20, from 1785.

J. Norrena

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Music Director Ben Simon  about the upcoming concert of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, which includes the world premiere of a newly commissioned ‘Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra’ by composer Evan Price, who is also in the studio.

Lin Cariffe

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Russel Blackwood, Artistic Director of Thrillpeddlers, and co-director of Shocktoberfest 17: Pyramid of Freaks’, the Annual Extravaganza of Terror & Titillation, opening this weekend at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco.

Sven Hagolani

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Sheyna Burt, North American president of the World Doctors Orchestra which gives two charity concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory. We are talking to conductor and artistic director Paul Flight and Dutch bass-baritone Marc Pantus about upcoming performances of the Matthew Passion by the California Bach Society, and a recital by Pantus of a program with poetry from Heinrich Heine, set to music by Dutch composers from the 19th century. Composer Paul Dresher stops by to discuss the world premiere of his new piece for the Berkeley Symphony, ‘Crazy Eights & Fractured Symmetries’. Jane Ganahl, co-founder of Litquake, shares details about the literary festival that opens today in San Francisco; and choreographers Jess Curtis and Claire Cunningham discuss their latest work ‘The Way You Look (at me) Tonight’, currently at CounterPulse.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, October 6 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Austin Forbord Rapt Productions

This week on Open Air, guest host Peter Robinson talks with Pianists-composers Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta about their upcoming concerts with original and repertoire compositions for two pianos, in Oakland and San Francisco. Aerial choreographer Jo Kreiter stops by to share details about “Grace and Delia are Gone”, a site-specific work by Flyaway productions, created for the Firehouse at Fort Mason, which explores the topic of violence against women through the lens of murder ballads. Choral conductor Ragnar Bohlin discusses ‘Immortal Fire’, a concert program by Cappella SF which includes works by Bach, Britten, and a world premiere by Mark Volkert. Plus, conductor and trumpeter Chad Goodman and composer Aaron Gervais talk about the Elevate Ensemble’s season-opener ‘Stravinsky: Reconstructed’, which breaks down and rebuilds Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Octet for Wind Instruments’. 

Open Air with guest host Peter Robinson. Heard live on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Chi Wang

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with composer/instrument builder Paul Dresher and percussion virtuoso Steven Schick about the music theater production ‘Schick Machine’, this weekend at Z Space in San Francisco.

David DeSilva

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Artistic Director Celia Fushille about Smuin Ballet’s new dance season, which starts with performances at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts on September 23, before it travels to San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Also, a conversation with director Max Minton and writer Bruce Graham about the West Coast Premiere of ‘White Guy on the Bus’, a provocative show about current day race relations in America, produced by Theatre Aluminous at The Flight Deck in Oakland and opening his weekend. Paige Rogers, Artistic Director for Cutting Ball Theatre, stops by to share details about  ‘AvantGardARAMA!’, a sampler of short experimental works, which kicks off the season. Pianists-composers Anne Sajdera and Davide Verotta talk about two concerts with original and repertoire compositions for two pianos, in Oakland and San Francisco. And conductor Donato Cabrera brings us up to speed about the new season of the California Symphony, which opens this Sunday in Walnut Creek.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, September 15 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Opera San Jose General Director Larry Hancock about Donizetti’s ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, which opens the new season.

Prabhakar Subrahmanyam

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to comedian and politican Tom Ammiano about his show ‘Mincing Words’, opening September 8 at The Marsh SF, in which he discusses his magical mystery venture into the California State Assembly. Also, a conversation with American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges who makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Bersi in the production of ‘Andrea Chénier’, opening on September 9. Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa stops by to talk about his show ‘Life of the Party’, currently on stage at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Plus, we talk to Usha Srinivasan and Vinita Belani, respectively producer and director of ‘The Conference of the Birds’, a performance based on an ancient Sufi poem in which thirty artists represent ten different dance traditions from four continents.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, September 1 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

Joe Lambie

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance sits in for David Latulippe and has a conversation with Executive Artistic Director Dan Demers about the upcoming season at Hillbarn Theatre, which opens with the musical ‘Legally Blonde’.  Also, Black Choreographers Festival (BCF) co-director Kendra Barnes stops by, together with choreographer Chris Evans, to share details about the BCF Summer Series, this weekend at Laney College in Oakland. We have Nick Olivero, creator and artistic director of ‘The Speakeasy’, in the studio to discuss the return of 2014’s immersive theatrical hit at a new and bigger location, and he brings along actor/singer Megan Wicks who sings live on the air. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reviews Cal Shakes, Richard III at the Kabuki, and the new movie ‘Equity’.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance. Heard live on Thursday, August 25, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime... 

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe Talks with Robert Geary, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society and contralto Edith Dowd, about the performances of Verdi’s Requiem by the SFCS at Davies Symphony Hall, this coming weekend. Also, a conversation with Festival Producer AJ Baker, about 3Girls Theatre (3GT) Company's 5th Annual New Works Festival, which celebrates ‘Women and the Body Politic’, starting August 22nd. Cabaret singer Carly Ozard stops by to talk about her show ‘More Shift Happens’, on August 18 at Feinstein’s at the Nikko; and REAF Executive Director Ken Henderson shares details about Northern California’s Largest Annual, star-studded concert and gala benefiting Meals on Wheels of San Francisco & AIDS Legal Referral Panel, this coming Sunday at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday August 18 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

This week on Open Air, guest host Ashleyanne Krigbaum talks with Philip Watt and jazz guitarist Jack Tone Riordan, about the upcoming live jazz concert and recording sessions of organ trio jazz in Oakland, Sutter Creek and San Francisco. Regular host David Latulippe contributes conversations with Giovanna Sardelli, director of new works for Theatreworks Silicon Valley, which presents its 15th Annual New Works Festival in Palo Alto, starting this weekend through August 21; songwriter Don Currie shares his music for a special forthcoming reunion concert with singer Donna Pilar, on August 20 at the Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson discusses audio books as traveling companions.

Open Air with hosts Ashleyanne Krigbaum and David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, August 11 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

Photo Courtesy of ‘Showgirls! The Musical!’

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with drag queen Peaches Christ and actress/dancer April Kidwell about their respective roles as Cristal Connors and Nomi Malone in the Peaches Christ production of "Showgirls, the musical!" now at the Victoria Theater.  

This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance talks with actor and writer Dan Hoyle about his one-man show ‘The Real Americans’, an account of a three month-trip across the U.S. in search of the true meaning of America and what it means to be American, currently at The Marsh SF in an updated version. Also, a conversation with journalist/playwright Sarah Shourd, who survived 410 days of solitary confinement as a political hostage in Iran in 2009/10 and created ‘The Box’, a piece of transformational theater about that experience, currently at Z Space in San Francisco. We will hear from Artistic Director Amy Mueller about the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2016; she brings along Walt McGough, one of the participating playwrights. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his reviewing light on cultural events around the Bay Area.

Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; hear it live on Thursday, July 14 at 1pm.

Mario Parnell Photography

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe has conversations with SAFEhouse Arts Executive Director Joe Landini about its ninth annual Summer Performance Festival, SPF9, currently at ODC Theater in San Francisco. SPF9 features ten programs over five days including ‘Reach’, a new piece by the Sarah Bush Dance Project, inspired by the lives & words of Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein & Ina Coolbrith, for which choreographer Sarah Bush joins us in the studio. Kelley Cutler, Human Rights organizer from the Coalition on Homelessness, and playwright Robin Bradford share details about ‘Low Hanging Fruit’, the story of four homeless women struggling to survive in a small tent encampment on LA’s Skid Row, presented in its San Francisco premiere by 3Girls Theatre Company, opening July 6. Plus, actor Clay David and founder of Bay Area Musicals (BAM), Matthew McCoy discuss the musical ‘La Cage aux Folles’, which closes BAM’s inaugural season.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday afternoon, July 7 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

Davidallenstudio.com

This week David talks with conductor Edwin Outwater about the San Francisco Symphony's "Summer with the Symphony" concert offerings - you'll also hear about this week's symphony performances of Mahler's "Symphony No. 2" from the two vocal soloists involved, mezzo Kelley O'Connor and soprano Karina Gauvin; 

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